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Community given a larger stake City Hall's push to revive Overtown with a $200 million private development deal hinges on its ability to persuade the community that the project serves its best interest.


Welcome to St. John Community Development Corporation

St. John Community Development Corporation, Inc. (SJCDC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization founded in 1985 by Rev. Henry Nevin and a group of concerned and dedicated members from St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown. It was established to respond to the physical deterioration and social distress of Overtown, Miami-Dade County's poorest community and to take a lead role in its revitalization.

Overtown will be soon the new Downtown

Overtown is a special community with an illustrious history. It is one of the oldest communities in Miami dating back to 1890. For years, it was a vibrant community with successful businesses, schools, churches and homeowners. Many factors caused its decline.

St. John Community Development Corporation (SJCDC) was founded by St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church to help revitalize the Overtown community. The church has played a very significant role in Overtown's evolvement since its beginning.

We felt it was our responsibility to take a lead role in restoring Overtown. Charity begins at home. To this end, SJCDC efforts are directed towards building partnerships, building new homes, rehabilitating housing units, strengthening the economic base and improving the quality of life.

SJCDC is committed to making a difference. I am pleased that the Corporation is making significant progress in achieving the above objectives. With the continued help of our partners and supporters, Overtown will once again become alive!

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (Click here)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program was established to stabilize communities that have suffered foreclosures and abandonment. NSP1 is a term that references the NSP funds authorized under Division B, Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, provides grants to all states and selected local governments on a formula basis. NSP2 is a term that references the NSP funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Recovery Act) of 2009, provides grants to states, local governments, nonprofits and a consortium of nonprofit entities on a competitive basis. NSP2 includes a $50 million allocation made available to national (and local) technical assistance providers to support NSP2 grantees.



SJCDC is currently establishing more development plans for new construction projects. Projects currently in the planning stage include a joint venture with a private development to build condominuims on the St. John Church and SJSCDC owned property in the area, purchasing old structures for renovation, and constructing housing for residents of Overtown.


Successfully implemented the City of Miami's commercial Facade Treatment Program. Provided Project management for the improvementof 20 commercial structures in Overtown.

Awarded State of Floridagrant funds to provide local business owners with managerial and technicalassistance, loan packaging, access t ocapital and business counseling.

Constructed a 35 unit affordable rental housing complex, completed in 1992 and is proposed for a conversion to affordable homeownership condominiums in 2007. Accrued real estate inventory of over 6 acres in Overtown. First CDC to issue a public Request for Letters of Interest and Qualifications (RFLIQ) for a joint venture development of affordable housing units.